Current Road Closures
ROAD CLOSURE: Riding Club Road Closure
With the approval of the Road Bond Projects in May 2021, we would like to inform you that construction on Woodcreek Blvd. railroad crossing will begin on August 15, 2022. As part of the agreement with Dallas, Garland, & Northeastern Railroad Inc. and the City of Fate, the construction of a new grade crossing (Woodcreek Blvd) required the elimination of the Black Oak crossing and the Riding Club Road crossing. Due to the elimination of these crossings, Riding Club Road closure will be effective August 17, 2022, and will be a dead end coming west from N. Stodghill Road. Exhibit A has been attached to show the closure.
As we progress with the Road Bond Projects, the realignment of Riding Club Road will begin construction in the next fiscal year. See Exhibit B for the new Riding Club Road design. Once the realignment construction is complete, Riding Club Road will be reopened for normal operations. We estimate this project to be completed in 12-14 months, weather permitting.
We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this project may create. Throughout this process, the City of Fate will continue to provide communication and transparency to the residents affected by this closure. We look forward to being able to provide an improved version of Riding Club Road to area residents and businesses.
ROAD CLOSURE: From Rockwall Economic Development Corporation
The Rockwall Economic Development Corporation (REDC) has recently initiated work on the Phase III expansion of the Rockwall Technology Park (RTP). The REDC and the City of Fate are working together to notify residents and business owners of the impact the project may have. The expansion will cause segments of Rochell and Springer roads to be closed and a temporary detour roadway to be constructed. The reasons and schedule for these closures are detailed below.
The Phase III development will encompass approximately 215 acres to the east of Pratt Industries and Bimbo Bakeries in Phase II of the RTP. The boundaries of Phase III will be established primarily by the Carrington Farms neighborhood to the north, Rochell Road to the east, State Highway 276 to the south, and Data Drive to the west.
Earlier this year, the REDC selected Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating, Inc. (MSSEI) out of Frisco to serve as the contractor for the expansion to the business park. MSSEI will be installing and/or improving local roads, adding water, sewer, stormwater drainage, and regional detention, and coordinating the undergrounding and installation of franchise utilities (power and cable), among other items. The REDC’s goal of this work is to create infrastructure served lots, or “shovel ready” lots, that may be attractive for future industrial and/or office users. Ideally, Phase III will develop similar to the first two phases of the RTP, resulting in business relocation or expansion that brings valuable jobs to the community, while diversifying the tax base for the benefit of the City of Rockwall, Rockwall County, and the Rockwall Independent School District.
Work has already begun on the site with the storage of soil that will be used for grading, tree removal and clearing of certain areas, and the burial of different electric and cable utilities – which will soon result in the complete removal of overhead powerlines and poles within the area.
Beginning shortly, MSSEI will start work on the roadways in Phase III. This includes the extension of Discovery Boulevard as a four-lane divided road (from Data Drive to Rochell Road), the reconstruction of Rochell Road as a two-lane concrete road with ultimate plans for a four-lane divided road (from the southern edge of Carrington Farms to SH-276), and the reconstruction of Springer Lane as a four-lane undivided concrete road (from Data Drive to Rochell Road).
In order to be as efficient as possible – in terms of both cost and schedule – MSSEI has developed a plan, approved by the City of Rockwall, to completely close the impacted segments of Rochell and Springer roads. The closures will occur simultaneously and are currently scheduled to occur no later than Monday, August 15, with plans to open the completed roads sometime in fall 2023.
Both the REDC and the City of Rockwall understand that there are many Carrington Farms residents, Rochell Road business owners, and employees that rely on southbound Rochell Road to connect to SH-276, ultimately leading to Corporate Crossing (FM 549) and access to the westbound onramp for Interstate 30. In order to mitigate the negative impact this project will have, the REDC has instructed MSSEI to build a temporary east-west detour roadway just south of the Carrington Farms neighborhood. Coming from the Carrington Farms area, this road will allow motorists to travel westbound before the Rochell Road closure, and connect to the north-south Data Drive in the RTP. Once on Data Drive, motorists will have the ability to connect to Corporate Crossing (FM 549) using three west-bound streets; Capital Boulevard to the north, and Discovery Boulevard or the non-impacted portion of Springer Road to the south.
A map showing the existing RTP streets, the temporary detour roadway, and the closed roads is attached to this letter for your convenience. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, or other representatives of the REDC, at 972-772-0025.
We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this project may create. Throughout this process, the REDC has been in communication and coordination with the City of Fate – and we will continue to do so. We look forward to being able to provide an improved version of Rochell Road to area residents and businesses, as well as broaden the tax base and create greater employment opportunities in Rockwall County with the development of the Rockwall Technology Park Phase III.